12 May, 2021

For Power's Sake

As names do the rounds, Manohar Joshi tries to hang in there

For Power's Sake

HIS detractors like to say that chief minister Manohar Joshi is on his way out. And the names of other contenders are already doing the rounds. One of those trying for the top job is Narayan Rane, a Sena minister. Rane is close to Thackeray's powerful daughter-in-law Smita. Some suggest that even Thackeray's son Uddhav could head the government.

Other options that are being bandied about are that deputy chief minister Gopinath Munde could take the CM's post and have Rane as his deputy. "This must spring from the Mayawati-style deal they wanted in the beginning—you rule half term and then we take over. This is not acceptable to our party chief," says a Sena minister.

In the prevailing situation, not many in the BJP favour it. Some have even started raising the issue of fighting the next assembly poll independently. "Even in our days there was a feeling that the alliance is not to the BJP's advantage. Today many feel that the BJP ministers are ineffective, the party has no role to play, the Sena takes the spoils...

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